Private John Wesley

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

12 Jun 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat worker


Herbert Draper, 22 Crawley Road

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

5 Dumfries Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

La Neuville-aux-Larris Military Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 29th June 1918
Sapper John Wesley

Sapper John Wesley, 524163, 82nd Field Company Royal Engineers, was killed in action in France on June 12th, 1918. He left a widow, Lillie, whom he had married in Luton a year earlier, and had been in France for only 11 weeks.

An officer wrote to Lillie: “I have to inform you of the death of your husband, who was killed on the night of the 12th whilst proceeding to work. Death was instantaneous. I am pleased to tell you he was saved the awful pain of a lingering death... He was buried officially, and his grave is kept in Army records.”

John Wesley had joined the R.E. Territorials (No 1490) in September 1914 while living with parents Jesses and Elizabeth Wesley at 40 Windsor Street, Luton. Prior to enlistment he was employed by straw hat manufacturer Herbert Draper, of 22 Crawley Road, Luton.

Born in 1892, John had married Lillie Poulton at Christ Church, Luton, on June 4th, 1917.

Individual Location

Sapper John Wesley

Author: Deejaya

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